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Past PhD supervision

I was co-supervisor of the PhD work carried out by sara Lindersson at Uppsala University (Sweden). Sara defended her PhD (funded by ERC project led by Giuliano Di Baldassarre) in September 2023.

Sara explored how Earth observation can advance our understanding of worldwide water disaster risk. Sara used planetary-scalegeospatial datasets and worldwide archives to analyze dynamics between hydrological extremes and societies, through quantitative GIS analysis.

Sara's thesis

Published papers:

Lindersson, S., Raffetti, E., Rusca, M., Brandimarte, L, Mård, J and G. Di Baldassarre. The wider the gap between rich and poor the higher the flood mortality. Nat Sustain (2023).

Lindersson, S., Brandimarte, L., Mård, J and G. Di Baldassarre (2021). Global riverine flood risk – how do hydrogeomorphic floodplain maps compare to flood hazard maps? Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 1-38

Lindersson, S., Brandimarte, L., Mård, J and G. Di Baldassarre (2020). A review of freely accessible global datasets for the study of floods, droughts and their interactions with human societies, WIREs Water. 2020;e1424.,


I was co-supervisor of the PhD work carried out by Ferdous Ruknul, at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (Delft, NL). Ferdous defended his PhD (funded by the Dutch Research Council), in January 2020. 

Ferdous analyzed the feedback dynamics between population and flooding in the lower reach of the Jamuna floodplain, in Bangladesh, following a sociohydrological approach based on empirical evidence.

Socio-hydrological spaces in the Jamuna river, Bangladesh

Published papers:

Ferdous, M.R., Di Baldassarre, G., Brandimarte, L. and A. Wesselink (2020). The interplay between structural flood protection, population density, and flood mortality along the Jamuna River, Bangladesh, Regional Environmental Change 20:5,

Ferdous, M.R.; Wesselink, A.; Brandimarte, L.; Slager, K.; Zwarteveen, M.; Di Baldassarre, G. (2019). The Costs of Living with Floods in the Jamuna Floodplain in Bangladesh, Water, 11, 1238.

Ferdous, M.R., Anna Wesselink, Luigia Brandimarte, Giuliano Di Baldassarre & Md Mizanur Rahman (2019). The levee effect along the Jamuna River in Bangladesh, Water International, 10.1080/02508060.2019.1619048

Ferdous, M.R., Wesselink, A., Brandimarte, L., Slager, K., Zwarteveen, M. and Di Baldassarre, G (2018). Socio-hydrological spaces in the Jamuna River floodplain in Bangladesh, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 5159–5173, 2018,